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Torrain

Recycled Style

The inspiration for these vibrant bags hit Nyla Jano (left) during a trip to one of Cambodia’s night markets. There she met Sothea Yung, who noticed that food bags weren’t being properly disposed of and were piling up in rural farmland communities. She re-made these food bags into stylish travel bags, and their sales generate revenue for local farmers and their families. Nyla loved the strong, colorful materials, and Sothea offered her the chance to design her own bags.
Torrain
Torrain
Social Enterprises
Recycled Style

The inspiration for these vibrant bags hit Nyla Jano (left) during a trip to one of Cambodia’s night markets. There she met Sothea Yung, who noticed that food bags weren’t being properly disposed of and were piling up in rural farmland communities. She re-made these food bags into stylish travel bags, and their sales generate revenue for local farmers and their families. Nyla loved the strong, colorful materials, and Sothea offered her the chance to design her own bags.

Nyla’s bags are sewn by Cambodian artisans. In their hands, the simple food bags are transformed into stunning tote bags, duffle bags, and cosmetic bags. The recycled materials are bright and colorful -- but the vibrant graphics aren’t the only appeal of the fabric. It’s also incredibly durable, lightweight, and water resistant, which is ideal for travel bags.

Nyla named her company Torrain, which is a combination of the word “terrain” and the phrase “to rain,” which symbolizes the rise and fall of the earth’s life-sustaining cycles. Torrain bags perfectly capture the spirit of travel, the resourcefulness of creative people, and the importance of designing with conscience.

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